AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS 2019/20
The external audit of the draft statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 has not yet been completed by our external auditors, EY LLP, due to the impact of COVID 19 and the difficulties associated with an audit conducted remotely. This situation is allowed for by Regulation 10, paragraph (2a) of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 No. 404.
Therefore as this notification explains, per Regulation 10 paragraph (2a), that we are not yet able to publish our audited 2019/20 final statement of accounts in line with publication date of 30th November 2020, as per paragraph (1). Further to the auditors update at the 23 November 2020 Audit Committee meeting, the S.151 Officer and Audit Committee Chair under delegated powers will consider the final results of the 2019/20 audit by correspondence, after which we will publish the final audited accounts.
NOTICE GIVEN UNDER REGULATION 14 AND 15 OF THE ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT REGULATIONS
Accounts available for inspection
Please note that the public inspection period has been amended in accordance with Regulation 2 (4) of the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. The deadline for local authorities must commence the period for the exercise of public rights – which normally must include the first 10 working days of June has been amended and must commence on or before 1 September 2020. Regulations 2 (2) of these amendments extend the final deadline for the Council to publish the complete audited 2019/20 Statement of Accounts from 31 July 2020 to 30 November 2020.
Any local government elector, or his/her representative, may inspect the Council's accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 at the Council Offices (address below) from Thursday, 27 August 2020 to Friday, 9 October 2020 inclusive, between 10am and 2pm. Copies of the Accounts, together with any relevant documents may be made, subject to latest Government social distancing policy and the premises being open to the public, due to the Covid-19 restrictions please ring to arrange access on 01789 260100.
It is noted that the Statement of Accounts is unaudited and that the Statement of Accounts as published may be subject to change.
Questions or Objections
Due to Covid-19 restrictions the Appointed Auditor will not be available at the Council Offices (address below) this year. Any local government elector, or his/her representative, still has the opportunity to question, or object to her about the accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020. Objections can be made to the Appointed Auditor, Maria Grindley, via email in the first instance to email@example.com or in writing, together with the reasons, at the following address:
Ernst & Young LLP, Apex Plaza, Forbury Road, Reading, RG1 1YE.
At the same time a copy of the objection must be sent to the Interim Head of Resources and Transformation and S151 Officer via email to George.Hill@stratford-dc.gov.uk or to the address below:
George Hill, Interim Head of Resources and Transformation and S151 Officer, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, STRATFORD-UPON_AVON, CV37 6HX.
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